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Estimated statistics for the Catholic Church in China (2004)*

Catholics: 12.000.000

Dioceses: 138

Bishops: 120 (average age 74)

            Underground:  46

            Official: 74

Priests: 2740

            Underground:  1000

            Official: 1740

Sisters: 5200

            Underground:  1700

            Official: 3500

Seminarians (2003): 1380

            Underground:  800

            Official: 580

Novicies (2003): 1600

            Underground:  800

            Official: 800

* Sources: AsiaNews – Holy Spirit Study Centre, Hong Kong.

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